Presented in a lightweight titanium body, the new Technomarine BlackReef Ti Ultimate watch features a highly reliably Swiss made automatic movement and is adorned with whole 54 precious stones covering its unidirectional rotating bezel. So far, this is the most bizarre diver that we have seen this year.
Although Technomarine is mostly known for their relatively inexpensive quartz-powered timekeepers, the brand has a number of less affordable watches that often combine an automatic movement with a number of diamonds or other precious stones.
This BlackReef Ti Ultimate seems to justify its name not only with an impressive number of stones of different cuts and colors, but also with its claimed water resistance of whole 500 meters. While there are dozens of luxury diving watches that combine diamonds, (often with gold bodies) and extremely high WR ratings (Rolex and Hublot is the first pair of brands that comes to mind), this one looks the least practical and, possibly, the least tasteful.
I mean, I can imagine an R’n’B star wearing this 45 mm monster on a pool party, but on a normal person it would probably look awkward at best. Its automatic helium escape valve (HEV) is redundant since the watch is too expensive to be worn on a serious diving trip and the pair of gaskets on its screw-lock setting crown are here mostly for marketing reasons like a 40-megapixel sensor on a point-and-shoot digital camera.
Well, at least the watch (it was presented at Baselworld 2013, by the way) is still powered by a robust and reliable movement. The well-known caliber ETA 2836 comes here without any visible modifications and ensures not only 38 hours of power reserve, but also guarantees years of hassle-free service (if you don’t forget to service it properly.)
Also, the dial of the piece is very good. While not really pleasant to admire, it is very contrast in broad daylight and its oversized luminous hands and hour markers are large enough to be perfectly visible not only under water, but even in an IMAX theater: a really handy feature during an especially boring Ben Stiller comedy.
As far as pricing goes, I would say that the recommended minimum street price of $25,000 USD is ahem a bit over the top in this particular case. I mean, I understand that the sheer amount of diamonds and sapphires makes this watch sort of expensive to manufacture, but, lets be honest: it is as tasteless as Las Vegas and as pointless as Vladimir Lenin’s mausoleum in Moscow. Who in his right mind would by a thing like that at a price like this?
Technomarine BlackReef Ti Ultimate watch specification
Price: $25,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, ETA 2836, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 38 hours
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day of week
Case material: Grade 2 titanium
Bezel material: Matches case, set with 12 diamonds, 18 baguette-cut black sapphires, 24 baguette-cut yellow sapphires
Crown material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 45.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Black, waves motif
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 500 meters
Strap: Milanese mesh strap with folding clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, bevelled, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Solid